Programs

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PROGRAMS

The Evanston North Shore Bird Club presents programs every fourth Tuesday of the month, September through April (no December program) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., corner of Bridge St., in Evanston.  Programs are free and open to the public.

For general information about ENSBC, or directions to Program nights, call Libby Hill at 847-475-2096 or Gerry Ginsburg at 847-475-6912, or email info@ensbc.org.

 

PROGRAM: Walter Marcisz and Nat Miller: “Doing it Secretively in the Marsh: How Monitoring of Breeding Marsh Birds is Inspiring Wetland Restoration in the Calumet Region.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wetland birds of the Calumet region have faced precipitous declines over the past 30 years. The conversion of rich marsh to open-water ponds or mono-cultures of invasive species has put secretive marsh species like Common Gallinule, Least Bittern and King Rail on the fast-track to extirpation. However, new and intensive monitoring and wetland restoration is setting the stage for an amazing comeback story. Nat Miller is the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway Director of Conservation for National Audubon Society. Walter Marcisz, our popular speaker, has been a Chicago area birder for over 50 years. 

“The Changing Bird Life of the Chicago Region" Joel Greenberg

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The first written accounts of local birds were published in the 1850s. This talk looks at fluctuating bird population over the ensuing 150 years. Some birds have disappeared altogether or are barely hanging on, while others have increased dramatically. One surprising example are the two local black corvids. When the prairies were intact, common ravens were the dominant species while crows were restricted to wooded riparian areas. But once the prairie lands were converted to agriculture, the ravens totally disappeared and the crows took over.  Joel has a strong interest in historical natural history and has written three books related to that topic.

Note Location Information: This talk will take place in the Linton Room of the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston. The Levy Center is south of the intersection of Oakton St and Dodge Ave., north of the intersection of Howard St. and Dodge Ave. on the west side of the street. Park in the parking lot.

The first event in our 100th Birthday Celebration Series

 

“ Confessions of a Counter: From Birder to Scientist.” Richard Horwitz

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

I went on my first Evanston North Shore CBC in 1962 when I was 13 years old, and I continued for 13 years until I moved.  I am now in Philadelphia at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and remain a birder but as a scientist I focus on fish so my tabulations of (tribulations with?) both groups continue. Some may even say I count obsessively. Population assessments are vital in understanding species and how best to manage them. Illustrated through personal anecdotes, this talk will explore different methodologies, illustrate how population numbers obtained for one purpose can be used or misused for other purposes, and will look at specific examples of population assessments.

2nd program in ENSBC's 100th Birthday celebration!

“Bird Migration in the Great Lakes, A Twelve Month Spectacle.” Robert Russell

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

We will highlight a series of migrant species that portray the vast range of migration patterns that individual species depict. From Red Knots that winter on Chiloe Island, Chile and Marbled Godwits that cross Lake Superior to winter in Baja to five-ounce thrushes that fly the length of Lake Michigan in a single night, the spectacle of bird migration in the Great Lakes is one of the wonders of Midwestern natural history. Bob Russell is a retired US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist who was the shorebird specialist for the Great Lakes region working in 8 different Midwest states.

3rd program in ENSBC's 100th Birthday celebration!